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including florida, ohio and virginia. closing right now polls in iowa, montana, nevada, utah and idaho. both candidates have settled into watch. the president has been some chicago, romney went to boston to cast his vote before flying out for more campaigning. we have team cove rage on the two. ken pritchett is with the president in chicago. we start with rita williams. >> >> reporter: romney's senior strategist took to the stage to try to rev up the crowd. he didn't have any real news but as you can see this crowd here is beginning to grow. meanwhile i'm told that romney is a cross the street in a hotel room with his wife ann, his five sons, 16 of his 18 grandchildren. right before he went in there he had one last thing to say about this long campaign. >> i have am very pleased. i feel like we have put it all in the field. we left nothing in the locker room. we fought to the very end and i think that's why we will be successful. >> reporter: no would have, could have, should have, he seemingly is satisfied with the campaign he has run. >> as for his supporters, some are down stairs below
and florida. >> the northern virginia area and virginia, i mention those states because they are the first to have closed on the east coast in terms of the battleground states. we will look at those areas where the president's numbers should be high in hoping that they actually are. >>> specifically woodall says the campaign will be looking the early numbers in minorities, that could be a gauge for the night ahead. coming up, we will talk to the top democratic leader in the state of california who's attending tonight's event. that's attorney general harris in chicago. ken prichard, channel 2 news. >>> getting results from back east. ken and heather are watching those with the latest returns. >> we have fight -- five states that brings mitt romney 3 electoral votes. indiana went to president obama four years but not this time, mitt romney has been declared the winner of indiana, 55 to 45%. take a look at kentucky, another win for mitt romney, 59 to 41%. again, no surprises here. these are states that didn't turn out any differently than projected. >> let's take another look at another stat
with 303 electoral votes, florida is still up in the air although the president does have a lead there right now of half of a percentage point. now, it's important to note that obama took nearly every swing state, including colorado, ohio, pennsylvania virginia, and wisconsin. those last three really contributed to his win and to the fact that we were able to call the race relatively early last night. if you remember yesterday, there was speculation that the count could go on for several days in the event of a close race. the popular vote is very close at 50.2% to 48.2, just a difference of two points there but with nearly 100-point spread in the electoral vote, it's really no contest. congressional seats democrats did not gain control of the house, which was to be expected, but they did maintain control of the is that the, picking up seats in indiana and massachusetts, a big win there for elizabeth warren against scott brown. we're still waiting on results from montana and north dakota but departments have the lead right now. the two independents, king from maine and sanders fro
were supposed to be blue and we're watching florida closely as well as virginia. those are two battleground states that could shape this election. we will keep you posted. >> the polls are still open in california until 8:00. you still have time to vote. >> right now i'm standing outside the registrar of the people have showed up to vote. they are doing drive of boating but there are also a lot of people inside. -- voting at the county hired 6000 workers over the last three or four months to make sure that they come in just for today to make sure things run smoothly. after 8:00 when the polls close things will get very interesting. >> we start counting the ballots. and around 915 we will get returns and and there will be a lot of activity between now betwee and 10:00 in the morning >> for now and the south bay kron4 news. >> kron4 cameras were there when lots of deep melon ballots were delivered. -- the mail in >> we mailed out 450,000 ballots and as of yesterday we have received 202,000 back in the mail. we picked up the mail today and we got maybe another 20,000 back. we'll g
, 63% has already voted. in florida 53%. iowa 44%. and ohio 31%. john dickerson and i were talking about this earlier today. we could have most of the results already by the people that have come out early and that's why the campaigns spent so much time on getting out the vote early, this ground game on these early votes. >> pelley: we'll come back to you early and often. john dickerson is our cbs news political director. john is going to be showing us the various ways that the candidates can get to the 270 electoral votes necessary to twin presidency. john? >> well, first, scott, let's follow up on what bob was saying. we're going to dispatch with 41 of the states, the majority of the country cbs estimates based on the polling that those states are either going to go to barack obama or to mitt romney. that gives barack obama a start where he's likely to get 237 electoral votes, mitt romney is likely to get 191 electoral votes. so here we are at the beginning of the evening, nothing has been called, it's all possibility. so what is the easiest past for each candidate to get to that
an eye on virginia. of course ohio, florida, and the other swing states as well. >> one of the states we mentioned, only one we mentioned in which president obama is expected to win is vermont. three electoral votes. we are continuing to monitor vermont. we want to take you now to indiana. as you see here, we have 5% reporting. romney is leading in indiana. president obama won the state of indiana four years ago. we do have one state right now, kentucky, with its eight electoral votes going to mitt romney. romney is expected to win kentucky. now, we want to head down to south carolina, another one in which mitt romney is expected to win, monitoring those pres with 9 electoral votes. let's look at the state of georgia. no numbers yet. 16 electoral votes at stake. we'll be monitoring all of these results as they come in. >> we've been watching the early closing states and we are joined live from the news room. >> reporter: one of those key presidential swing states as we said is virginia. it might be the closest of all. votes are right now being tallied. voters tolerated long lines all day
voted with mailin ballots. >> lines in other parts of the country such as ohio and florida have been long. in some cases stretching around buildings. we have coverage throughout the bay area. right now we will start with the race for the white house. rita williams is in boston but we begin with ken prichard in chicago with the obama campaign. ken. >> reporter: just within the past half hour some of the thousands of president obama supporters have been allowed in this large event venu. many received tickets because they are chicago residents and live in this area and who agreed to travel and hit the road and go to the neighboring battleground states of wisconsin and campaign for the president there in the last few days. the president wants to thank them. there are many states that are intense. pennsylvania, the romney campaign is focused on that the obama campaign is not truly a contest. a short time ago, we talked to democratic national committee communications director brad woodhouse and he says the final campaign day stop by romney is something that he doesn't blame romney for try
hour to obama. and before we get away, the state of florida, 90% of all precincts are now reporting. florida is still to close to call. obama has a larger lead than he did but florida is way to close to call right now. i want to check in -- here is the college map. obama now with 244 on route to 270, the president out in the lead with a lost battleground states left to go and it's not over. romney with 193. the popular vote is shaping up to be interesting. a sea of red and blue. the popular vote not what matters but interesting to check in with and -- there is the popular vote as it breaks down. romney leading in the popular vote but of course obama leading in the big way in the electoral college at least for now. the two main reporters on the trail for us are ed henry, our chief white house correspond who has followed the white house campaign and carl cameron who followed the romney campaign is live in boston. >> . >>> it's very, very close, they know it's a needle that needs to be thread, they are just wonder figure it can get done tonight, tomorrow or ever. >> carl cam cameron l
in the electoral vote count. the winner has been named in all states except florida which is still too close to call at this point. mr. obama has a 50 to 48% lead over republican mitt romney in the popular vote. both candidates spoke last night. romney appeared in boston. he said the election is over but his principles endure. president obama appeared in chicago to claim victory. he calls for reconciliation and a divisive election. he told supporters the best is yet to come. and cbs reporter bigad shaban joins us from chicago where the president, of course, is celebrating at the end of a campaign that lasted nearly two years and cost some $2 billion. bigad. >> reporter: good morning. here's where the president took the stage at half past midnight in his hometown of chicago. he was greeted by a crowd of cheering supporters but one of the first few things he said during his half hour or so speech is that he wanted to congratulate governor romney and paul ryan on what he described as a hard-fought campaign. in fact, later he said, we may battle fiercely but it's because we love this country dee
, virginia and ohio. they feel ok about florida and virginia. but a sign of trouble. jonathan martin is hearing the margins for him in chesterfield county just outside of richmond, where he is doing well, it is not good enough. if he's losing there, it's a sign of trouble in the state. in ohio, romney is worried about the midwest. wisconsin, and ohio, real nervousness. in the obama war room, confidence. exit polls looked good for john kerry. there are jokes about president kerry. but their models are coming in. the vote is coming in how they expected. >> one state declared is indiana, which obama won and it is called for romney. it shows the map is smaller this time, the map is smaller. some of the exit polling looks good, some does not, with what people think of health care and the role of government. people ask me, who should i vote for? what will they do? i have no clue. none of the candidates talked about what they'll do. it goes with what john wrote, about how small the campaign is in what is a huge moment. when you think of what is happening with our debt. trillion-dollar defic
in all the states except florida which is still too close to call at this point. >> still waiting on that one. mr. obama has a 50-48% lead over republican mitt romney in the popular vote. he won most of the swing states for a convincing victory in the electoral vote count. now, both candidates spoke last night. romney appeared in boston. he said the election is over but his principles endured. president obama appeared in chicago to claim victory. called for reconciliation after a divisive election. cbs reporter bigad shaban now has the very latest in chicago. >> reporter: good morning. here's where the president took the stage at about half past hid night local time in his hometown of chicago. he was greeted by cheering supporters and one of the first few things said on that stage was end to congratulate governor mitt romney and paul ryan on what he called a hard- fought campaign and said "we may battle fiercely but it's because we love this country deeply." >>> reporter: the president's family joined him on stage to celebrate four more years in the white house. [ applause ] >> yo
years. in florida, one of the key swing states, there were long lines at a lot of polling places that stretched well into the evening. observers say high voter turn out, long ballots 11 pages in some counties and some minor computer glitches contributed to long waits. we heard reports in some cases this is amazing of three hour waits in some spots during the lunch hour. and as of now, florida is still too close to call. >> for weeks the polls have pointed to a very tight presidential race coming down to a few key states. >> ken wayne and heather -- [captioner transition. >>> the winner with a lot fewer than 98% of the votes. and the reason for that was most of the gop strong holds in ohio had been counted and still a large number of votes in the subsqushs and northern ohio, the big cities where there are strong democrat there. so more democrat and that's why ohio was kaldz even though we didn't a 100% of the vote counseled. . >> we do have some more swing states to look at. new hampshire went to president obama tonight. also to virginia, a states that wasn't called until just an
. >> the electoral vote was not very close though. the president has 303 votes to mitt romney's 206. only florida is still undeclared at this point. the president controlled the swing states, and it cost the candidates to earn them. >> they spent $197 million campaigning in ohio, $192 million in florida. just more than $150 million in virginia. the president spoke less than an hour ago. he said he knows it takes more than money to win the presidency. >> he thanked his supporters and said he will return the favor over the next four years. >> whether i earned your vote or not, i have listened to you. i have learned from you, and i%u have made me a better president. and with your stories and your struggles i return to the white house more determined and more inspired ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead. >> mitt romney graciously offered congratulations to the president and promised to work across party lines in the years ahead to help the nation. >> we want to get back to one of the congressional races that is fascinating in california we have been following closely. >>
to meeting with romney in the weeks ahead to discuss ways to move the country forward. >>> florida is still too close call even without it, president obama dominated the must-have swing states. he also took the popular vet by a narrow margin. katie marzullo joins a look at that. >> reporter: this is how the popular vote breaks down. the numbers have fluctuated a little always hovered arm here, president obama with 51% of the popular vote and mitt romney with about 49%. -- this is interesting to see how close it was on the individual states, ohio look at ha, less than -- look at that, less than one percentage point. florida, again less than one percent between those two. california of course now you are go to see numbers like this, president obama with 54%. mitt romney 46%. a closer look at the state of cal cool -- at the state of california. california voted democrat, but what might surprise you are these huge chunks of red all people who voted for mitt romney within california. those red counties don't have the juice, don't have the population density as the blue counties on the coast whic
this talkwas about ohio, florida, and even nevada, and california plays a prominent role, but that made it that much more exciting here. a lot of these sponsorshave been on the phone bank making those phone calling to voters telling them to vote, and that made ai difference >> we'll check back in a little while, joe. thanks frmg you cansee the tears of joy. we'll goto the republicans watching this ingnight's election >> we pretty much have an empty room, and they're dishartd by the obama victory. some say they are blamg themselves and are not true reforms and many are blaming romney romney >> they don't let people understand that lower tax rates are a good thing, that they ludicrously allowed obama to win that election >> i knew there was an issue when ohio was an issue. weneeded ohio to win this great >> do you think the republicans lost this or the democrats won this >> -- >> there will be increase in taxes and also new regulation, and frank tli they're saying this is going to leave open the door for congressional -- he pr indicted in two years we're going to have a republican gover
th. this morning, the state of florida remains too close to call but president obama has more than the 270 electoral votes needed to win re- election. the race was called after the president captured several battleground states including ohio, colorado, wisconsin and iowa. [ cheers ] >> thousands of supporters cheered as the president, first lady and their two daughters emerged at the victory party. >> while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up. we have fought our way back and we know in our hearts that for the united states of america the best is yet to come. >> president obama and his family spent the in chicago. >>> mitt romney made his concession speech just after midnight. romney said he and paul ryan gave everything they had to the campaign. >> i so wish i had been able to fulfill the hopes to lead the country in a different direction. so ann and i ask to you pray for the -- ask you to pray for the nation. >>> 7:03. governor jerry brown is claiming an historic victory for the first time in eight years. california voters have app
think by this hour while they're still counting votes in florida and made for the next week -- there is an even greener light. we know.what the president was reelected and democrats picked up seats in the senate which is contrary to what anybody in washington i think thought even as late as today. the house is going to stay roughly the same. absent breaking news, i bring you know prescind returns from florida. i would like to spend more time on why this has happened and what it means for us going forward. i share the admiration all around 4 president obama's campaign team. they were technically close to perfect in the first responsibility of a campaign team, that is to identify and turn out voters. the planned it and executed it, and it every step of the way, they knew what votes they needed and went out and got them. they began before election day thinking favorable votes in states where they had put people on the ground to produce. take ileus appear -- technically a superb operation. perhaps some people will think by the fourth or fifth visit -- it did work. the point i wa
vote, president obama is ahead 303 votes to 206 and we are awaiting results from one state now, florida. if the president were to win the there, that would mark a sweep of all but one of the battleground states. >> that is right, because north carolina went into the romney column. in terms of the popular vote, the president holds the lead with nearly 2.7 million more votes than governor romney. president obama will go to the white house today and facing a divided congress with the republicans maintaining the majority in the house, and while the democrats strengthened their hold in the house. there were some hot button issues, while colorado approved medicinal marijuana and maine and maryland became the first state to approve same-sex marriage by public vote. >>> well, for the second time i2 mismo sexo, se hizo en voto northeast na is going to be bearing down on the east coast. >>> and kristin welker had a late night covering the obama campaign, and she is joining us from chicago. good morning to you. >> good morning to you, savannah. president obama is waking up as a two-term president.
at these county returns, very closely, and i'm obsessed here a little bit watching orange county. florida is going to be razor tight all night. >> i would love geeking out with chuck todd. chuck, thanks. >> paul ryan's home state has fallen to the democrats. >> midwestern firewall is holding for president obama. >> that wisconsin call is such a big deal because it is now just ohio away for the president. >> we've been following florida. want to go back to the drama. >> 2,000 beep remembers going off for all the lawyers already in florida because everybody knew this would be a tight race. >> do they still use beepers down there, do they? >> speaking to obama campaign officials who say that they like what they are seeing right now. >> in the words of one source close to the romney campaign so far this night is stinging. >> it wasn't a very romantic campaign. >> hang on, chuck. hang on, chuck. >> here we go. >> we've got some critical calls. >> yes, we do. >> let's see now, roll them. ohio, president obama. >> brian, there's no what ifs anymore. that's done. >> gone from excited to election. take a m
're waiting for results from just one state this morning, florida. if the president wins there, it would mark a sweep of all but one of the battleground states. >> that's right. governor romney won north carolina. in terms of the popular vote, the president holds a narrow lead, nearly 2 million more than governor romney. president obama will return to the white house facing a divided congress once again. republicans maintaining their majority in the house. the democrats actually strengthening their hold on the senate, including elizabeth warren's defeat of incumbent massachusetts senator scott brown. one of the most watched races of the election. one of the most expensive as well. we'll talk to senator-elect warren a little bit later. >> as we've been doing all week, here's the headlines. "usa today" headline, "obama triumphs, midwest the key and political divide remains and in "the columbus dispatch." ohio wins with ohio. the "boston globe" reads "economy kept obama afloat. blocked romney win, and here's a forward thinking headline in "the wisconsin state journal." observers say paul ryan no
? >> they are still counting votes in florida and -- [inaudible] bears and even greener light. i apologize. i saw that little green light and you know, it was too subtle for me. here is what we know. we certainly know that the president was reelected and we know democrats have picked up seats in the house and the senate which is contrary to what anybody in washington i think god even as -- we know they house will stay roughly the same so with his breaking news i bring you know that returns from florida and i like to spend more time on why he did this happen and what does that mean for us going forward? first, i share the admiration all around for president obama's campaign team. they were technically close to perfect in the first responsibility of the campaign team and that is to identify and turn out voters. they planned it, they executed it and every step of the way they knew what votes they needed and they went out and got them. they began weeks before election day thanking favorable votes in states where they have our people on the ground preplanned so again technically a superb operation and
thought, ohio, florida and virginia with in fact, ohio being the state that put obama over the 270 electoral votes and gave him a second term as president. >> and florida and virginia too close to call. they haven't been called tonight. let's bring in cory cook tonight. obviously this race is determined now. what could the romney campaign have done differently tonight? >> that's a great question. i think we will probably spend the next few months trying to figure out if this is a winnable race for the republicans. you know the big moments in the campaign to both points gave the 47% comment. became a very popular video for the president, hurricane sandy through the -- the end of the campaign. this is the campaign we knew it would be two years ago. an incumbent president that was popular but was split 50/50. that's what the results was. he was able to outmobilize florida and virginia and ohio. these states that made sure people got out to vote. despite the enthusiasm is what i think carried obama through. this is largely based on the fundamentals. the spending didn't really move ver
to the associated press, only the state of florida remains too close to call. the president has at least 303 electoral votes. 270 are needed to win the white house. thousands of supporters cheered as the president, first lady, and their daughters emerged at their victory party. in his victory speech president obama spoke about working with both sides of the aisle. >> in the coming weeks and months, i am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties. to meet the challenges we can only solve together. >> the president and his family spent the night in chicago and will return to the white house this afternoon. during his second term, president obama again will be working with a republican controlled house and a democratic controlled senate. we're beginning to have more on the balance of power coming up in 15 minutes. >> hundreds of president obama local supporters got together in san francisco to watch returns come in. this was the democratic watch party at the former tower records store in the castro district. the crowds cheered as states were called in. >> having an
-american. >> now the nation is waiting for results from florida. this time mechanical failure. long bail and high turnout kept them in line until late last night. ballots are not counted yet. it is not clear who will get the state's 29 electoral votes. it won't change the outcome of the presidential election. >> one thing that played a role in the results is demographic of the voters they are targeting. with continuing election coverage, brian flores is live. we will examine why they didn't vote for the candidate. >> reporter: good afternoon, we are peeling back the layers and numbers, we are finding that the president resonated well with minorities. women and young voters while mitt romney didn't. >> in oakland's fruit district, the majority say the choice was clear. >> it is good. >> as analysts look back at the election they are finding the face of the voter changed. what played in a role is the connection to minorities and women. >> we explain. >> the numbers don't lie. the gem graphics of the nation are changing. more and more latinos. more and more asians and republicans are not clicking wi
. florida still too close to call. the popular vote for president obama, 59 million votes. governor romney with 56 million. the romney crowd in boston was tense most of the night which guy way to disappointment. >>> paul and i have left everything on the field we have given our all to this campaign. >> reporter: the fact that only 72% of voters yesterday were -- >> what has happened with the republicans they are the republican party is a madmen party in a modern family america. >> reporter: while 77% of americans still the economy was in bad shape, romney only edged the president slightly in terms of who voters trusted to handle the situation. 49-48%. reporting live in chicago t.j. winick, abc news. >>> on capitol hill the president will face the same divided congress next year democrats retain control of senate, republicans the house. republicans lost three key seats. democrats strengthened their control, something that didn't seem likely. democrats have 52 seats plus two independents who generally vote with them republicans 45. senate race in north dakota still undecided. the house is st
to come. >> reporter: florida still too close to call even if romney won the state, obama still handily beats him in the electoral college vote. >> the president: whether i earned your vote or not, i have listened to you. i have learned from you. and you've made me a better president. >> reporter: obama beat mitt romney after nabbing almost every one of the 12 crucial battleground states. around 1 a.m. eastern, romney spoke to supporters in boston to let them know he had made a concession call to the president. >> you have just call president obama to congratulate him on his victory. his supporters and his campaign, also deserve congratulations. >> reporter: the former massachusetts governor said it was time to put aside partisan bickering and work together for the good of the country. >> this is a time of great challenges force america. i pray the president will be successful in guiding our nation. >> reporter: the president the night here in chicago. ' has no publicly scheduled events today. he and the first -- first family will return to the white house where they will spend the next
. the state of florida yellow because it remains too close to call but the president has at least 303 electoral votes. 270 are needed to win the white house. thousands of supporters cheered as the president, first lady, and daughters emerged at their victory party in the early morning hours of chicago in his victory speech president obama spoke about working with both sides of the aisle. >> we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. we are every forever will -- we are every forever will be the united states of america. >> the president and his family spent the night in chicago will return to the white house this afternoon. >>> mitt romney lost his bid to become president but during his concession speech he urged the nations leaders reach across the aisle and work together. he made that concession speech just after midnight after he called president obama and congratulated him on his victory. romney told his supporters he and ryan gave everything they had to the campaign. >> i so wish i would have been abl
of america the best is yet to come. >> reporter: florida is still too close to call. even if romney won the state, obama still handily beats him in the electoral college vote. the popular vote will likely be closer. >> the president: whether i earned your vote or not, i have listened to you. i have learned from you. and you've made me a better president. >> reporter: obama beat mitt romney after nabbing almost every one of the 12 crucial battleground states. around 1 a.m. eastern romney spoke in boston to let them know he made a concession call to the president. >> i just called president obama to congratulate him on his victory. his supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. >> reporter: the former massachusetts governor said it was time to put aside partisan bickering and work together for the good of the country. >> this is a time of great challenges for america and i pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation. >> reporter: the number reelected president the night in -- the newly reelected president spent the night in chicago. the first family ret
of florida is the only one remaining too close to call. the president has at least 303 electoral votes. 270 are needed to win the white house. thousands of supporters cored as the president, first lady, and daughters emerged at their victory party. in his victory speech president obama spoke about working with both sides of the aisle. >> we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. we are and forever will be the united states of america. >> the president and his family spent the night in chicago. they will return to the white house though this afternoon. there was also a very large receive brace filled with chants and cheers at sprawl plaza. for many students in the crowd they are excited this is their first time to vote. >> it's been a long time waiting. it was a really long line. and it took awhile to get through there. you feel like you did something. it's definitely worth it. >> cal campus residents hall posted polling stations. students in berkeley were still in line to vote though after the polls closed at
election and, of course, you know they're still counting those votes in florida today. part of the problem really is money. experts say we are just not spending enough to ensure an efficient process, efficient elections and tell you. what there's some conspiracy theorists who think that there are some entrenched politicians who think that inefficient elections are good because maybe they discourage poor people who cannot afford to go out and spend six hours waiting to vote. >> another problem. if it only happens every two years, we don't think about it very much. >> that's true. >>> well, guys, in maryland the multi-million dollar bet on question 7 paid off and now local officials are hoping expanded gambling in the state will provide even bigger payoffs. >> this is a good thing for the state, that if we're already in the gaming business, we need to be competitive nationwide and to have a destination resort that can bring in an additional $200 million to the state and $40 million additional revenues to prince george's county was a good thing for all of us. >> now whether you're happy about
in pensacola, florida, and i owned the branch clinics that existed in new orleans, pascagula and gulf port, mississippi. we thought we had dodged the bullet and then the levies broke and who would have predicted that there was a sea of humanity in the super dome that basically was in extreme miss? who would have predicted in this day and age we would lose many, many people based on the fact they couldn't be medevacked, that the hospitals themselves had been flooded and the hospital staff was having to carry critically ill patients up to the top floors to avoid the water that was filling in the rooms. who would have predicted that? and were we set up to handle that? and who would have predicted in the early goings there would be civic disorder and civic disobedience and lack of command and control and then the military came there and provided that stability for a while until the civic authorities took over and eventually got things moving in a fairly organized continuum. we learned a tremendous amount of lessons from that, lessons that i hope no other city will ever have to repeat again
swing states of ohio, wisconsin, colorado and new hampshire. one swing state, florida, is still undeclared tonight. >> the president thanked the crowd and talked about what he wants to do over the next four years, his second term. >> you voted for action, not politics as usual. you elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. in the coming weeks and months, i am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together, reducing our deaf tau sit, reforming our tax code, fixing our immigration system, freeing ourselves from foreign oil. we've got more work to do. >> this is a time of great challenges for america, and i pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation. >> all right, now on to the house and senate. >> republicans lost three key seats tonight in the u.s. senate where democrats remain in control. they have 52 seats. republicans have 44. >> three senate races are undecided tonight, a total of 10gop seats were at stake. >> and the house is staying in republican hands with 231 republicans an
votes in the blue states went to president obama, the red states are romney's. and once again, florida in the yellow there is the odd state out with the vote still too close to call. >>> it is 4733 now. governor brown with one of his political fights. voters passed his ballot measure calling for higher taxes prop 30. >> cbs 5 reporter anne makovec explains what prop 30 means for california taxpayers. good morning, anne. >>> reporter: this is probably the headliner in state politics, proposition 30. it was called very early this morning that prop 30 did pass. in the end, 54% of californians voted to raise their own taxes. but almost 4.5 million voters said yes to prop 30. the nos 46% of the vote, less than 4 million people voted no on prop. people who earn more than $250,000 a year will pay higher taxes for seven years and that tax increase will be retroactive to the beginning of this year. now, all of us will be paying more sales tax a quarter cent for four years. that boils down to paying about a penny more for every $4 you spend. now, funding for schools was the deciding factor for a
surprises. you predicted all correctly. >> i think what surprised me was florida. i did not think it would be as close and for the. i thought romney had a distinct advantage and had to is the first bay. the fact that obama did so well and is probably going to win florida was is a price to me. obama winning 303 was not surprising. his pathway to victory had a clear focus. his ground game was superb. the demographics broke his way. i think what we found out were to strengthen it won the latino voters are to be increasingly important in 2016. and 1 are both major parties will have a latino at the top of the second point ticket. >> #2 is that the president has an amazing amount of luck when it comes to the surprises. in september of 2008 he and mccain were pretty much tied the the economic crash games. the cane kind of did this crazy i am going to suspend my campaign. obama did the no drama less equal less think about how we respond. obama shoots up. in 2012 are taking sandy comes in and what happens. romney has to basically spent his campaign. obama comes in at presidential does thinks chris
votes. again over the 2 70 to win. romney at this moment with florida stit still to be heard from and couple other states like virginia h2o 3 electoral votes. >> team coverage for you tonight. laura is live at mitt romney election headquarters in boston. >> and mark live in chicago at the obama headquarters and mark let's start with you there obviously an exciting time in chicago. >> half hour ago when they made the announcement this place erupted. reminded me of 4 years ago in grant park. let me show you the crowd, mike move up to the front of the little riser space here and show you the crowd that stretches from one end of the hall to the other. it is i would guess 10,000. if you lack down to the end of the hall. big crowd. every time another state is announced that crowd just goes crazy. it is completely chalked full of people. i have been talking to the national field director of the campaign that told me really the key to this win tonight was the ground game. we have been hearing that for days but listen to this figure just released today. they say they registered 1
nation on earth. >> at this very hour still no official results from the battleground state of florida. despite that cnn is projecting the president actually picked up more than the 270 collect oral votes needed as far as the president goes. he will return to washington later today. >> reporting live from chicago i'm renee marsh back to you. >> mitt romney took to the stage late last night to concede that rise. he spoke briefly in a speech very different from the 1 hours earlier. more on the former massachusetts governor last words. >> in the early hours of election day he said he called president obama and the race was over. >> if i so wish that i have been a will to fulfill your hopes and leaving the country in a different direction. the nation shows another leader. so and and i join with you too earnestly pray for him and for this great nation. >> the move was a stark contrast to his announcement in june 2011. >> i believe in america and i'm running for president of the nine states. >> and to the crowd to welcome him on a last minute a election day trip to the critical state of ohio
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